Saturday, January 31, 2009

Military Badges

German Sniper Badge (1944-45): These were introduced towards the end of the WWII to distinguish the German snipers. Since these badges were introduced so late in the conflict, they are quite rare.

Electronic Attack Squadron - "Zappers": VAQ-130 is the oldest electronic warfare squadron in the United States.

The Special Boat Service (SBS) is the special task force of the British Royal Navy. They are similar to the American Navy SEALs. This is an older version of their badge. Their current one is much more austere.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Jenny Hart

Jenny Hart is an artist based in Austin, Texas. Her textures are so satisfying, and I love that she embraces her big-haired Texan roots. The piece pictured above is titled "Brunette." She also runs a great design site called Sublime Stitching with the tag line, "this ain't your grandmother's embroidery!"

Friday, January 23, 2009

Magda Sayeg

"Kitters turn to graffiti artists with 'yarnbombing' Graffiti artists have added a new tool to their traditional aerosol cans - knitting needles and a ball of wool."

Artist Magda Sayeg is taking it to the streets. Thanks to Larson for sending me a link to this article.

"She set up the website Knitta Please, which started off as a group for frustrated knitters who didn't know what to do with their half-finished jumpers and scarfs and so started putting them over door handles."

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Mt. Opalisa

I made this for my dear friend Lisa's birthday 3 years ago.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Sprite Stitch

Sprite Stitch is an online community for video game crafters. They post finished projects, patterns, techniques, and even have monthly challenges. It's amazing how the pixelated sprites translate to cross stitch so easily. Thanks to my friend Johnny for sending me the link. Speaking of links, this stunning cross stitch SNES Zelda map was made by user Servotron who claims it took four months to complete. The pattern is incredibly complex and involves 39 colors.

These are Marth and Ike from Fire Emblem by user Leesa. She claims, "It took me a few weeks to do, and it's about 50 colors."

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I Think I'm in Love

My friend Jina gave me this adorable letterpress postcard by
Rar Rar Press, and I love it.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Laura Splan

Laura Splan is a New York based mixed media artist. I love how biology and modern science influence her work. The tufted piece on top is titled "Prozac,Thorazine, Zoloft" and the lace below is
from a series of machine embroidered doilies that depict the cellular structure of diseases. This one is "Herpes."

Monday, January 5, 2009

The Land's Intestines Welled Deep

I made this for a Fine Art Textiles class when my teacher asked me to experiment with my stitchwork.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Leah Evans

Thanks to Leo for sending me a link to the amazing quilts of Leah Evans. She is a textile artist based in Madison, Wisconsin. While she draws inspiration from maps and satellite photos, the geography she creates is her own. The photo above is a detail shot from a piece entitled "Development."